[Sayma-Discuss] [Fwd: [Qewdiscussions] Fwd: They're kicking them off their land]
Geeta Jyothi McGahey
mcgahey at yancey.main.nc.us
Fri Aug 17 09:54:07 EDT 2012
While in Kenya, the world conference of Friends sent out the Kabarak
call for peace and eco-justice.
Below highlights one of the peace and justice issues.
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Subject: [Qewdiscussions] Fwd: They're kicking them off their land
From: "Jim Kessler" <jkkessler at iowatelecom.net>
Date: Sun, August 12, 2012 4:49 pm
To: "This is a general discussion group open to Quaker
Earthcare Witness supporters to discuss issues related to our faith
and earthcare and is replacing previous QEW discussions at yahoo
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Dear QEW Friends,
Here is a chance to influence the President of Tanzania to reverse a
possible land grab from the Maasai people by misuse of Middle Eastern
oil money. It sounds like one of the QEW issues we've been talking
about. What an incredible egregious injustice this would be to an
indigenous people group! It is simply thinly disguised colonialism
contemporary form. Please take the time to sign on to this petition to
increase media pressure to stop this from happening. Hopefully the
links will work for you. On another note, it was gratifying to see a
Maasia youth from Kenya win a Gold Medal in the Olympics recently. I
always follow Kenyan events with interest because of the strong Quaker
presence there. Since I was a distance runner in high school and
college, I follow the Olympic distance events with great interest.
Watching races brings back many fond memories of times past to me.
jkkessler at iowatelecom.net
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Subject: They're kicking them off their land
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:22:06 -0400
From: Sam Barratt - Avaaz.org <avaaz at avaaz.org>
To: jkkessler at iowatelecom.net <jkkessler at iowatelecom.net>
Avaaz.org - The World in Action Dear friends,
*Middle Eastern kings and princes are about to force up to 48,000
in Tanzania from their land* to make way for corporate-sponsored big
game hunting. But Tanzanian President Kikwete has shown before that he
will stop deals like this when they generate negative press coverage.
Click to *deliver a media blitz that will push President Kikwete to
the landgrab and save these Maasai*.
Sign the petition
*At any moment, a big-game hunting corporation could sign a deal which
would force up to 48,000 members of Africa's famous Maasai tribe from
their land* to make way for wealthy Middle Eastern kings and princes to
hunt lions and leopards. Experts say the Tanzanian President's approval
of the deal may be imminent, but if we act now, we can stop this
sell-off of the Serengeti.
The last time this same corporation pushed the Maasai off their land to
make way for rich hunters, *people were beaten by the police, their
homes were burnt to a cinder and their livestock died of starvation.*
But when a press controversy followed, Tanzanian President Kikwete
reversed course and returned the Maasai to their land. This time, there
hasn't been a big press controversy yet, but we can change that and
force Kikwete to stop the deal if we join our voices now.
If 150,000 of us sign, *media outlets in Tanzania and around the world
will be blitzed so President Kikwete gets the message to rethink this
deadly deal.* Sign the petition now and send to everyone:
The Maasai are semi-nomadic herders who have lived in Tanzania and
for centuries, playing a critical role in preserving the delicate
ecosystem. But to royal families from the United Arab Emirates, they're
an obstacle to luxurious animal shooting sprees. *A deal to evict the
Maasai to make way for rich foreign hunters is as bad for wildlife
is for the communities it would destroy.* While President Kikwete is
talking to favoured local elites to sell them on the deal as good for
development, the vast majority of people just want to keep the land
they know the President can take by decree.
*President Kikwete knows that this deal would be controversial with
Tanzania's tourists* -- a critical source of national income -- *and is
therefore trying to keep it from the public eye.* In 2009, a similar
royal landgrab in the area executed by the same corporation that is
swooping in this time generated global media coverage that helped to
roll it back. If we can generate the same level of attention, we know
the pressure can work.
A petition signed by thousands can force all the major global media
bureaus in East Africa and Tanzania to blow up this controversial deal.
*Sign now to call on Kikwete to kill the deal*:
Representatives from the Maasai community today urgently appealed to
Avaaz to raise the global alarm call and save their land. Time and
again, the incredible response from this amazing community turns
seemingly lost causes into legacies that last a lifetime. Lets protect
the Maasai and save the animals for tourists that want to shoot them
with camera lenses, rather than lethal weapons!
With hope and determination,
Sam, Meredith, Luis, Aldine, Diego, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz
For More Information:
The Guardian: “Tourism is a curse to us”
News Internationalist Magazine: “Hunted down”
Society for Threatened People: Briefing on the eviction of the Loliondo
FEMACT: Report by 16 human rights investigators & media on violence in
Voices of Loliondo: Short film from Loliondo on impact of eviction
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